NWO-Proposal GRANTED: Alice meets Leolani (ALANI)

Fantastic news: our proposal of  “‘Communicating with and Relating to Social Robots: Alice Meets Leolani’ (ALANI) was granted (€ 749,994,- ) by NWO Open Competitie voor Digitalisering SGW 2019 !!

See: http://makerobotstalk.nl/research/alani

To optimize human-robot communication, the pragmatic-semantic aspects of understanding natural language are connected to the mechanisms of social-affective bonding with robots. Put simply, what is needed from a robot conversationally for people to become friends with an artificial other? This results in blueprints for effective and personalized robot communication scenarios.

Main applicant:

  • Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Faculty of Humanities/Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL)


  • Prof. dr. Elly Konijn – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof. dr. Johan Hoorn – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – Faculty Faculties of Design/ Computer Sciences / Social Sciences
  • To be hired: 2 PhD’s and 1 Postdoc and 1 Research Assistant